Straight Talk Update

By |March 21st, 2017|

Straight Talk would normally come to you today, but instead we are eagerly watching the latest developments out of Washington, D.C., on the American Health Care Act.

Republicans in the U.S. House on Monday released several key changes to the Act that would soften the blow of proposed changes on those 50 – 64 years old. […]

It is Past Time We Take the “Mental” Out of Illness and Just Help People get Better

By |February 21st, 2017|

In our quest here at Blue Cross to improve the health and lives of all Louisianans, we have worked very hard to educate folks about chronic conditions that can affect us all, especially in Louisiana:

High blood pressure can lead to a stroke.
High “bad” cholesterol can clog your arteries and damage your heart and […]

The Great Flood of 2016: Staring down a potential health crisis

By |August 30th, 2016|

It’s been a pretty crazy week. Just since I last wrote to you, Donald Trump came to town, President Obama came to town. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Red Cross and lots of other organizations are here distributing money and supplies and food. Relief has been pouring in from far and wide. We’re […]

Building a Sustainable, Affordable Individual Health Insurance Market: Why Healthcare.gov is discouraging this

By |July 26th, 2016|

I often teach classes in what I call “Health Insurance 101” here at Blue Cross. I want to make sure our employees have a good understanding of what insurance companies like us do and why we are here.

In this, I’ve developed a definition of what a health insurance company really is at its core: a […]


By |April 19th, 2016|

Straight Talk denizen Mike Bertaut is taking a break this week and letting his editors speak about a project close to their hearts – clear communication.

Message from Mike: The Straight Talk blog is so blessed to have a very talented team converting my thoughts every week into salient and sensible prose that speaks to all […]


By |April 12th, 2016|

The trickle started slowly, with just a couple of relatives.

On Aug. 28, 2005, I, my wife and our three kids began to get some company. First, we had the five of us plus a mother-in-law. Then, my brother-in-law, his wife and two more kids came to stay. Then, the brother-in-law’s wife’s sister, her husband and […]

‘If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep It! (Meh! Not so much!)’

By |November 16th, 2015|

The pictured quote was part of a weekly address from President Obama in August 2009.

One of the most confusing parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is the notion of a “direct from Washington D.C.” definition of health insurance called an “ACA Compliant Health Plan.”

Before 2010, the actual definition of what constituted a valid […]